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DISCLAIMER

“There is no statistical evidence that global warming is intensifying the force of hurricanes, floods, droughts or making these phenomena more frequent.[i]. »

 

I'm just one human being, I don't pollute the whole planet when I drive a car or fly south.

 

“CO2 is NOT pollution. It's what comes out of your mouth when you breathe and what feeds plants[iii]. »


“I don't believe in climate change, it's just weather. It's always been like this, the weather changes, there are storms, rain, and beautiful days[iii]. »

 

“Already in the 1970s, it was said that carbon dioxide warmed the earth. This speech had already made me laugh then[iv]. »

 

[i]Jyrki Kauppinen,https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10923440

[iii]Maxime Bernier, https://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/539784/maxime-bernier-climatosceptique

[iii] donald trump,http://evene.lefigaro.fr/citation/crois-changement-climatique-toujours-temps-change-tempetes-plui-5013270.php

[iv]Jyrki Kauppinen,https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10923440

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TRANSITION

“Our house is burning and we are looking elsewhere[i]. »


"Global warming, deforestation, floods, depletion of resources, pollution, radioactive waste...: in two centuries, the race for progress and growth has permanently altered the planet
…man ate the earth
…man ate the earth[iii]. »

 

[i]Jacques Chirac,https://www.ina.fr/ina-eclaire-actu/jacques-chirac-en-2002-notre-maison-brule-et-nous-regardons-ailleurs

[iii]broken link,https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/073938-000-A/l-homme-a-mange-la-terre/

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FACTS

“- It is estimated that 80% of natural disasters that occurred between 1990 and 2016 are linked to climate change.

- Between 2015 and 2020 the impacts of climate change increased by more than 20%, and these five years were the hottest on record.
- The number of people displaced by natural disasters jumped by 30% between 2014 and 2019 (19.1 million compared to 24.8 million).
- The poorest half of the world's population is only responsible for 10% of CO2 emissions, while the richest 10% of the planet alone generate 50% of these emissions.
- The number of hungry people is likely to increase by 10-20% by 2050 due to climate change.
- Without ambitious climate action, 100 million people could fall into extreme poverty by 2030[i]. »

 

[i]Oxfam,https://www.oxfamfrance.org/climat-et-energie/comprendre-les-changements-climatiques/

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REPORT

“[Last month] In September 2020, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change delivered a deeply alarming report. The latter shows that the disturbance caused by human activity is widespread and intensifying. The report is indeed a red alert for humanity.

 

Our window of opportunity to prevent the worst climate impacts is rapidly closing. No territory is immune. Wildfires, floods, droughts and other extreme environmental events affect every continent.

 

The effects of climate change are particularly profound when superimposed on past and present fragility and conflict. Where the capacity to cope with these disasters is limited and there is a strong dependence on ever-dwindling natural and ecosystem resources – such as water and fertile land – grievances and tensions can erupt, complicating efforts to prevent conflict and make peace sustainable.

 

Last year, more than 30 million people were displaced by climate-related disasters. Ninety percent of these refugees come from countries that are among the most vulnerable and least able to adapt to the effects of climate change.

 

The threats are clear and present. But, it is not too late to act to ensure that climate actions contribute to international peace and security. Let me highlight three top priorities for the climate plan.

 

First, we need an unambiguous commitment accompanied by credible actions from all countries to limit global warming to 1.5°C to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

 

Second, in order to address the already compelling impacts of climate disruption on the lives and livelihoods of people around the world, we need a breakthrough on adaptation and resilience. This need is urgent, as the ever-increasing impacts of climate change remind us.

 

Third, climate adaptation and peacebuilding can and should reinforce each other. For example, in West and Central Africa, cross-border projects have fostered dialogue and promoted more transparent management of endangered natural resources as factors for peace.

And, as climate change impacts planetary water supplies, we must use water as a source of peace, learning lessons from the past.

 

Throughout all of these efforts, women are key agents of change. This Council has long recognized and sought to strengthen the role of women in sustaining peace. Women and girls face acute risks in the face of climate threat and conflict, and their meaningful participation and leadership brings more lasting results that will benefit more people[i]. »

 

[i]Antonio Guterres,https://press.un.org/fr/2021/sgsm20926.doc.htm[selected excerpts]

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CONCLUSION

“You are never too small to make a difference […]. You have ignored us in the past, and you will continue to do so in the future. We've run out of excuses, and we're running out of time. We came here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people.

 

We are never too small to make a difference.

We are never too small to make a difference.

We are never too small to make a difference.

 

Thanks[i]. »
 

 

[i]Great Thunberg,https://jeunes.amnesty.be/IMG/pdf/te_moignage_greta_thunberg_def.pdf

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